Dr. Suzanne Burke, HOD

Lecturer, Cultural Studies

Room 313A, 3rd Floor East

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002 x 83033

Email: suzanne.burke@sta.uwi.edu

My research focuses on Caribbean culture, carnival, cultural industries and creative entrepreneurship as these relate to the development and evaluation of cultural policies and programmes. I have worked extensively with a wide cross section of public sector enterprises, civil society organisations and private agencies in the areas of policy analysis, cultural industry development and audience research within and outside of the Caribbean. 

I have worked on the development of cultural policies at both the regional and national levels, most recently contributing to the 2019 National Cultural Policy of Trinidad & Tobago, the first to obtain government approval. In 2014 I conducted the first Cultural Mapping Exercise of Trinidad and Tobago for the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism that was used to develop programming and policy for the sector. I have also worked with a variety of state actors to formulate policies aimed at growing the creative industry sector. My latest research examines the efficacy of creative clustering as a strategy for developing the creative economy and fostering innovation within communities of practice in the cultural sector. This research was the focus of my Commonwealth Fellowship Award that was completed at City University, London in 2016.

I have supervised students at the MA, MPhil and PhD levels in a variety of research areas including festivals, popular culture, gender performativity in carnival and nostalgia and memory in the popular cultural domain.


  • PhD Sociology, University of Essex
  • MA Employment and Labor Studies, Institute of Social Sciences (The Hague)
  • BA Psychology, York University
  • PG Certificate Education by Practice, Essex University, The United Kingdom

Research Interests

  • Industries in culture
  • Arts based research and its related pedagogies
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Clusters
  • Cultural Policies
  • Carnival and Festival Studies
  • Audience Motivations and Attendance
  • The Nature of Creative Work
  • Popular Culture

Featured Work

Courses Taught

  • CLTR 6030: Dynamics of Caribbean Culture
  • CLTR 6000: Theory and Conceptualisation of Culture
  • CLTR 6100: Methods of Inquiry
  • CLTR 6010: Debates in Caribbean Cultural Identity
  • CLTR 6230: Caribbean Creative and Popular Culture
  • CLTR 7002/8002 – Contemporary Cultural Theory

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